Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Medawisla

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Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Medawisla

Name: Medawisla

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Tribal affiliation: Abenaki, Penobscot

Alternate spellings: Mdawilha, Madawilha, Medawihla, Mathawila, Mdaweelh, M-da-weelh-ak

Pronunciation: muh-dah-wee-lah

Type: Loon

Related figures in other tribes: Kwemoo (Micmac)

In Wabanaki folklore, the loon plays the role of messenger and loyal friend of the culture hero Gluskabe. Medawisla is something of a spy (always observing the people and reporting his findings to Gluskabe,) but since Gluskabe is such a benevolent figure, Medawisla is viewed positively nonetheless. The name “Medawisla” literally means “spirit bird” or “magic bird,” because of his associations with Gluskabe. The loud, eerie cries of the loon were often said to be Medawisla’s reports to Glooscap about the activities of men.

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